Montrealers are still relishing the legalization of weed, according to the SQDC's report for the second quarter of 2021. It doesn't matter if you identify as francophone or anglophone — there is a clear love among many Quebecers for this style of joie de vivre.
According to a press release, the SQDC earned a net income of $19 million in the quarter ending September 11 — a $3.9 million increase from the same quarter last year. The SQDC credits these results to its main goal: running illegal weed dealers out of business. It says it has invested time and energy in making sure Quebecers who indulge in cannabis get the best product available.
The SQDC had a grand total of $142 million in sales, up $21.8 million from the previous quarter, with $67.4 million set to be transferred to the provincial and federal governments.
The reported results suggest the SQDC has done pretty well in gaining customer trust: the agency has grown from 45 to 77 stores in Quebec over the past year and crossed the 1,000-employee threshold.
The quantities are significant this quarter, too: the organization sold nearly 25,000 kilograms of cannabis in its stores and almost 1,300 kilograms online, with an average sales price of $6.32 per gram, including tax.
Despite their impressive sales, the SQDC's focus remains on protecting cannabis users' health and converting consumers to the legal market, not encouraging cannabis use. The government corporation tries its best to accommodate Quebecers' interest in cannabis, seeking to give them the best product while helping them reduce health risks.
In other words, the SQDC's angle is that it's using its business for good — hoping that people will take its resources and information to heart.
This hilariously tiny pre-rolled joint managed to get into the hands of Gles, who posted his find on Reddit.
The product, Halcyon's "Garlic Z" pre-roll, is found at the SQDC and costs $5.60 for a 0.5-gram joint.
Gles told MTL Blog that he bought the product on November 9 and decided to post the photo "so that people don't make the same mistake as me," he said. "Also, I hope that Halcyon will remedy the situation."
He told us that he hasn't contacted the manufacturer about this, however.
The company that owns Halcyon, Greentone, is a Quebec-based cannabis producer.
The SQDC told MTL Blog that "for the producers, the weight is the priority versus the length of the pre-roll, within the specs of their manufacturing processes."
"I don't walk around with a scale in my pocket," Gles told MTL Blog.
"I understand that they're defensive because they have a lot of people asking for a refund or some kind of compensation but I didn't ask them for anything."
"It's their reputation, not mine."
MTL Blog reached out to Greentone, but they haven't gotten back to us yet. We'll update this article when they do.
Twelve percent of allophones — those whose first language is neither English nor French — use cannabis.
This is compared to 21% of Quebecers who use cannabis overall.
Montrealers also combine alcohol and cannabis more than the Quebec average.
A press release from Éduc'alcool says, "35% of francophones who use cannabis and alcohol together combine the two always or often (vs. 28% of Quebecers overall) [...] The same is true for 26% of anglophones and 29% of allophones who use cannabis and drink alcohol at the same time."
Data for the survey was collected online from August through October 2020, and from February 15 to March 30, 2021. Éduc'alcool surveyed 1,200 people in the Montreal region and a total of 7,600 respondents across Quebec.
Candidates must be at least 21 years old and should possess a high school diploma as well as have at least one year of experience in customer service.
Your main responsibilities as an SQDC branch consultant would be informing customers about different cannabis products, advising them on how to use the products in a safe and healthy way, cashing people out and doing inventory.
Applicants will have to pass a security clearance procedure in order to work for the SQDC.
Shifts vary between days, evenings and weekends, and the SQDC offers a full range of benefits, including pension, disability, life insurance and drug coverage.